Co-founder and Managing Principal, Spatial Informatics Group; Professor and Director of Geospatial Analysis Lab, University of San Francisco
David is the Principal Investigator for Pyregence, responsible for oversight of technical aspects of the project. Broadly trained as an environmental scientist, David is recognized as a global leader in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, wildfire science, and natural hazard modeling. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports, and is dedicated to the broad dissemination of his research through presentations, publications, and workshops. David uses integrated geospatial science for multiscale landscape mapping, monitoring, and modeling. He has played a central role in the advancement of land monitoring and remote sensing projects with global reach, including SERVIR—a joint project of NASA and USAID that helps developing countries use remote sensing data—and Collect Earth Online, an open-source platform for interpreting satellite imagery. David holds a doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley.
Co-lead, Extreme Weather & Wildfire Team (Historical Extreme Weather Analysis)
Senior Research Scientist, University of San Francisco; Project Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Janice is the Co-lead of the Extreme Weather & Wildfire Team. Her responsibilities include using instrumentation and data sources to identify critical variables and scenarios as they relate to electricity assets; analyzing historical fire events to identify danger spots; and further analyzing these danger spots with a fine-scale, targeted approach to quantify wind underestimates in forecast and mesonet data. She is collecting historical data on all large fire events and major fire events, identifying critical scenarios, and refining the analysis with a targeted approach to identify flow regimes and sets of conditions that drive major fire events. Janice has 25 years of experience studying wildland fire dynamics and phenomena using coupled weather–fire computer simulation models and ground-based and airborne infrared imagery of wildland fire dynamics. Her experience includes numerical modeling of airflow, precipitation, and turbulence over complex terrain and weather forecasting systems. She has developed two coupled weather–fire models—CAWFE and the WRF-Fire module in WRF—and used them with satellite active fire detection data to investigate major wildfire events and forecast fire growth. She holds a doctorate in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago.
Co-lead, Extreme Weather & Wildfire Team (Weather Station Optimization)
Principal Research Scientist, Eagle Rock Analytics
Owen is the Co-lead of the Extreme Weather & Wildfire Team, responsible for designing statistical approaches to categorize fires and linking them to weather patterns. He will ensure that model and data products from the long-term modeling efforts are appropriately incorporated into Cal-Adapt, the state’s web-based climate adaptation planning tool, and that the weather and climate data feeding model development are in line with CEC-favored products and scenarios for California's Fifth Climate Change Assessment. He is an experienced project manager with scientific expertise in global climate and is comfortable analyzing a wide range of data, including biochemical data, climate models, and remote sensing data. Owen holds a doctorate in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University and a bachelor’s in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Cornell University.
Professor of Fire Science, Director of the Center for Fire Research and Outreach, and Co-director of the Center for Forestry, UC Berkeley
Scott is the Lead of the Fuel Mapping & Fire Physics Team, responsible for developing a new fuel inventory and fire behavior system. He specializes in the interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems. This includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how management and climate change may alter this interaction. Scott is also interested in wildland fire policy and how it can be improved to meet the challenges of the next decades. Scott holds a doctorate in Wildland Resource Science from UC Berkeley.
Co-founder and Principal Engineer, Reax Engineering
Chris is the Lead of the Wildfire Forecasting Team, developing near-term risk forecasting tools. His responsibilities include building code, fire code consulting, fire science research, the design of fire protection and life safety systems, thermal sciences, atmospheric processes, and forensic reconstruction of fires. His work combines fire and building codes and related standards with technical aspects of fire science such as combustion, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, fire dynamics, and fire modeling. Chris has co-taught graduate-level courses in fire dynamics and fire modeling in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo.
Lead, Climate Change & Fire Projections Team
Professor of Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced
Leroy is the Lead of the Climate Change & Fire Projections Team. He is responsible for leading the development and assessment of statistical wildfire models and their coupling with other dynamic vegetation and land surface models. He conducts independent and collaborative research on the drivers of extreme wildfire seasons in the historic record using documentary and remotely sensed fire history data. Leroy applies this research to build statistical and coupled statistical–dynamical models of wildfire activity for seasonal forecasts, climate change assessments, and paleofire reconstructions. Extensions of this work estimate the effects of historic and simulated wildfires on ecosystem composition, carbon storage, pollution emissions, endangered species habitat suitability, wildfire suppression costs, and property losses. Prior to joining UC Merced, he was a research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has published extensively on wildfire and climate in the western United States. Leroy holds a doctorate in Economics and International Affairs from UC San Diego.
Co-director, Natural Hazards Team; Project Manager, Spatial Informatics Group
Shane is the Project Manager for Pyregence. He is responsible for managing day-to-day tasks related to the project, as well as reporting both to the California Energy Commission and to the Principal Investigator. He is a wildlife biologist with more than 25 years of professional experience in natural resources management, regional land use planning, GIS analysis, application of remote sensing technologies, wildlife habitat use analysis, and aquatic ecosystem condition assessment. He has managed projects addressing regional natural resource planning, forest carbon, wildfire risk assessment, aquatic plant monitoring, life cycle assessment, GIS analysis, drone imagery collection, wildfire risk, and wildlife habitat. Prior to joining Spatial Informatics Group, he was the science, monitoring, and evaluation program manager for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, as well as the wildlife program manager for the US Forest Service in the Lake Tahoe area. Shane holds a master's in Natural Resources and Conservation and a bachelor’s in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University.